Bodrum is a lovely holiday resort on the Aegean cost of Turkey. Modern day Bodrum is probably the best-known and most visited resort in Turkey. Walking, cycling, swimming, diving, fishing, or sailing can be catered for. There are many superb restaurants along the marina from which you can admire the many colourful gullets, [wooden boats], taking visitors to other resorts on the Bodrum peninsular or the nearby Greek island of Kos. By day wander around the narrow shop lined streets, or take a stroll around the Castle of St.Peter overlooking the harbour, you will be glad you did as it is a great way to start a day off. There is a market near the castle from which you can buy many souvenirs including a huge range of real Turkish Delight. At night Bodrum comes to life in a big way, there are many bars and disco’s to venture into. Nearby resorts to visit include Yalikavak, Turgutreis and Ortakent. Though Bodrum is not really a beach resort there are many good beaches esily reached by dolmus or boat. Bardakci is the nearest bay and beach to Bodrum town centre. Gumbet is also close by, a clean curving beach lined with hotels, bars and restaurants. Gumbet is a lively place with many activities to enjoy.
Dining out in Bodrum is a pleasureable experience, with a very high standard of quality in both the local eateries and the international restaurants that can be found throughout Bodrum. There are literally hundreds of restaurants in Bodrum, from snack bars to McDonalds and pizzerias, as well as high quality seafood dining on the seafront. There is, of course, also a huge choice of traditional Turkish restaurants in the town.
Shopping lovers are spoilt for choice with Bodrum’s many weekly markets. In the main resort, there is a fabric and clothing market on Tuesdays and food markets on Thursdays and Fridays. Gumusluk and Ortakent hold markets on a Wednesday, Yalıkavak on a Thursday, Bitez on a Friday and Gumbet on Sundays.
Bodrum’s night life is famous. There are no end of bars, clubs and excellent restaurants, many of which are alonside the harbour with fabulous views. In some of the restaurants you can enjoy your meal whilst a fine cold mist is generated to fall from above, very cooling! Young party-goers converge onto Cumhuriyet Caddesi, known as Bar Street, before heading to the discos like Halikarnas, an open-air right alongside the castle, or, Club Catamaran, also by the castle which has a glass dance-floor from which you can see the water below.
The history of Bodrum goes back to the 13th century BC. Excavations reveal the 5000 year old history of this town. Many civilisations settled here. Carians for example, as told by Homer in the Iliad,who helped to defend Troy. Remains of the Persian age are scarce, but a beautiful sphinx which is now in the archaeological museum within the castle of Bodrum.. One reason for the lack of Persian remains is that they belong to the oldest, and deepest strata, which are difficult to excavate. St. Peters Castle, Bodrum, stands proudly over the harbour entrance, as the yachts and Gulets cruise by.
Bodrum castle is without doubt the focal point of Bodrum. The striking crusader castle of St.Peter, with its well-preserved walls and towers, dominates the town; it is one of the great showpieces of Medieval Archetecture. The castle has four towers, the English, the French, the Italian and the German tower, plus a dungeon, the doorway inscribed with the words “ Inde Dues Abest “ ( Where God Does Not Exist ). It was built between 1402 and 1437 by the Knights of St.John based on Rhodes. The castle houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology which holds some real treasures. The Glass Ship wreck Hall contains a wreck that was found 33 metres below the waves near Marmaris.
|Halicarnassos Mausoleum is Bodrum’s oldest and most significant antiquity, given once one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Mausoleum was built by Artemisia II in honour of her husband King Mausolos and it is this name from which the word “mausoleum” comes from. The mausoleum once stood at over 50 metres high. Reliefs and frescos from , weretaken to the British Museum in London in 1846.|
|Bodrum Amphitheatre is another structure accredited to the reign of King Mausolus, though it wasn’t fully completed until Roman times. Situated on the hillside over looking the resort, the theatre had a capacity in the region of 13,000. The theatre has been diligently restored and today houses the September Festival.The Amphitheatre is located on a hill looking over Bodrum which makes it an ideal place for photographic views over Bodrum harbour and the Castle of St. Peter.|
|Myndos Gate, once again a relic from King Mausolus’s time, is the most significant remaining part of the ancient city walls of Bodrum. Located on the west side of the resort, this was one of two entrances to ancient Halicarnassus. The gate is named after the town which it faced, Myndos which is now called Gumusluk a resort well worth a visit..,|